Latin American History

The working group “Latin American History” is a part of the History Department at the University of Bremen.

The subject of our field, the history of Latin American, can be subdivided into four periods:

  • The period of conquest (“Conquista”) starts with the so-called discovery of America by Columbus in 1492 and ends at around 1570.
  • The colonial period with established Vice-kingdoms and an own administrative apparatus, lasts from the mid 16th century to the mid 18th century.
  • The time of emancipation which in recent research finds its beginnings in the mid 18th century and lasts until the mid 19th century. It is characterized by the fierce battles for Independence whose result are the (national-) states existing today. The final end to this era only comes with the decolonization of Cuba (1898) and the founding of Panama (1903) at the turn to the 20th century however.
  • The period of national states which encompasses the 19th and 20th century, whereby the 20th century is a century of particular extremity – between violence, dictatorship, democratization and coping with the past.

At Bremen University the History of Latin America will be taught from the Conquista until the present. The emphasis in research is currently placed on the 19th and 20th century.


Actual classes

News archive (2010-2021)


Universität Bremen, FB 8
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft
Postfach 330 440
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Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels
Office: GW2 B2590
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Dr. Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed (Cardiff University, UK and Universidad Externado de Colombia)

We are pleased to welcome our colleague Dr. Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed at the Historic Institute and the Center for Media, Communication and Information Research at the University of Bremen from 14.04. to 2.05.2024, as part of the Bremen-Cardiff Alliance strategic partnership.

After a BA in Film and TV Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Dr. Enrique Uribe finished his Master at the BTU Cottbus and successfully pursued a PhD at Aberystwyth University. He currently teaches at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University.

His research focuses on the intersection of media, identity and language. It is at this crossroads that he has become interested in how media products have represented historical processes and events, as well as how they have drawn upon history to build their narratives and connect cultural tradition, heritage, and storytelling to lure their audiences. Whether it is video games, comics, graphic novels, minority language media production or Latin American telenovelas, Dr. Enrique Uribe studies how these constructions of symbolic identity shape social understanding of contemporary and historic issues.

This interdisciplinary interplay of media production, identity, and history is what brings him to visit University of Bremen and Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels with the Latin American History working group, to exchange experiences, perspectives, and methodologies for the study of these intersections. A special interest lies in the most recent history of Colombia which is why Dr. Uribe will be part of the seminar on Colombian history of the 1980s during his stay in Bremen.

You can find out more about Dr. Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed here:



Dr. Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed

Classes SoSe 2024

  • 08-28-GS-3 Research Seminar (Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels, Colloquium)

  • 08-28-HIS-5.2 The History of Guerrillas in Latin America. From Early Modern Times to the 2000s (Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels, Vorlesung) 

  • 08-28-HIS-5.2a The History of Guerrillas in Latin America. From Early Modern Times to the 2000s -(Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels, Übung 1)

  • 08-28-HIS-5.2b The History of Guerrillas in Latin America. From Early Modern Times to the 2000s - (Mara Josepha Fritzsche, Übung 2)

  • 08-28-HIS-5.2c The History of Guerrillas in Latin America. From Early Modern Times to the 2000s - (Dominik Gall, Übung 3)

  • 08-28-HIS-7.1.1 Los Ochentas. On Colombian History of the 1980s (Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels, Seminar)